Beekeeping. From bust to boom and back again.
Do you know what’s flowering in your environment? Do you know if they are good for bees or honey production? Would you be able to take 10-500 bees stings for a days work? I know that I couldn’t as it hurts and then I get a little sick ( allergic to bees).
What do you think a beekeeper does and how much honey do you think they get?
The start of spring has definitely not been what we expected to start with it was dry and therefore we struggled to get our usual season openers of Honey.
By now the honey has usually been flowing well for around 6-8 weeks and we have a constant supply which usually means Honey for our regular and supportive customers, this season however I have had to call and let them know that we would be unable to supply Honey at the moment.
Fast forward to now and we have had a nice amount of rain that has put flowers on gum trees and smiles on faces. Just two weeks ago we were talking about moving bees due to the lack of honey and then the night Stuart and Mike go down to get the bees a lot are full.
Empty to full in just two weeks, that’s how awesome honey production can be one minute your struggling to fill a bucket next your getting 44 gallon drums full.
Now this is not out of the ordinary in fact pretty normal but, when Stu decided to check the bees yesterday and told me they had an awesome shake of iron bark nectar I was ecstatic to say the least.
Honey production can bee (is) hard work and unpredictable which isn’t an understatement, but when the going is good we all reap the rewards of the hard work.
The climate plays a massive role in our line of work as does Stuart’s knowledge of the flora of different areas. He has to know when and where to move the bees, what’s flowering and if what’s flowering is good for the bee or will cause disease or make them run dry or wether it is all nectar and no pollen or vis versa he also needs to be aware of the temper of the bees on any given day ( they say women are hormonal wait till you catch the bees on a cranky day woo)they can change from morning to evening deepening on cloud, humidity etc there is a lot to it when it all boils down.
If we all had the knowledge that beekeepers carry we would be able to work the land and even our backyard to produce the products that was beneficial to our families.
If Beekeeping was easy everyone would be doing it and if we could all take the stings that they dish out we wouldn’t think twice about becoming one ourselves but we don’t and that’s why it is only a small amount of these people that make it their life’s work.